Civic life trumps religion

A free society should never dictate to the people such day-to-day issues as what clothes to wear. That’s why burqa bans are so unsavoury.

This should be regardless of your view of the religion they come from, or the fact that it’s a bizarre garment to put on in a Western culture. Sure, the attire seems to contradict our approach to gender equality. It also runs counter to how facial expressions are such a large part of communication.

So it’s simply a matter of freedom of attire, then? Largely. At least when it comes to walking about, living your life.

But it’s not so cut and dry when it comes to wearing a religious covering during a citizenship ceremony.